How to make the most of your vacation days in 2020


It sounds deceptively easy – just pick a destination and choose some dates, and your 2020 vacation planning is done. Not so fast, though, if you want to make the most of your time off from work. Choosing your vacation days strategically, can serve you well and add some bonus time to you rare time off.

How to make the most of your vacation days in 2020

You have only a select number of vacation days a year – and after that you’ll be taking paid time off. You can make the most of the days you have allocated if you plan your trip wisely. Consider the following holidays and common days off when you plan and make the most of those “extra” days. When you take a full week off, you’ll feel refreshed but you will still miss some things while you are gone. When you use official work days off for your vacation, the whole place is closed and you won’t miss anything. For fast paced environments, very competitive workplaces and facilities where attendance is critical, timing your trip for when the rest of the office is closed can allow you to lose less time or less of your edge when you are out.

They have really good benefits and encourage we take vacation and personal time” – Anonymous Employer Review at Centurylink Boise



The following “holidays” or days off are usually offered by most employers; see your own work calendar to determine which paid days off your own company offers:

Federal Holidays:

From New Year’s Day to Thanksgiving:  most employers offer these days off. If you are in healthcare, your facility may still be open, but offer extra pay and perks for those who work. Federal holidays include the “big” ones like Memorial Day, the 4th of July and Christmas; generally, if banks and the post office are closed, your work may be as well.

State Holidays:

These will differ depending on where you live; each state offers a different set of holidays; your employer may or may not follow these. You should identify any state holidays that your employer offers and consider using them for extra time off for your vacation. State holidays are not mandatory, but are usually followed by larger organizations.

Company holidays:

There may be some specific days off that your company provides; in some cases, these might be to cover an event that does not require you to participate, but does leave the staff to a minimal amount. Closing on these days may be the easiest solution. Other events include holidays or activities that are important to your organization or industry; these can also be offered as paid time off and used to extend a vacation.

Another type of holidays you may benefit from, are the religious ones. Some companies offer paid time off for big common holidays such as Hannukah. Ask your HR – Team about the possibility and if you are authorized to request those additional vacation days.


Plenty of vacation days if full-time.” –  Anonymous Employer Review at Acosta Inc.


But let’s dig a little deeper. Like mentioned before, there is a way how you can strategically plan your vacation days to have more time off, whilst using less of your own days off.

The Federal Holidays for the US in 2020 are:

DateFederal Holiday Day of the Week
January 1, 2020New Year's DayWednesday
January 20, 2020Martin Luther King DayMonday
February 17, 2020Presidents Day Monday
May 25, 2020Memorial DayMonday
July 3, 2020Independence Day (observed)Friday
July 4, 2020Independence DaySaturday
September 7, 2020Labor DayMonday
October 12, 2020Columbus DayMonday
November 11, 2020Veteran DayWednesday
November 26, 2020ThanksgivingThursday
Dezember 25, 2020Christmas DayFriday

As you can see, most of the Federal Holidays occur on a Monday. This is actually perfect to create a few extended weekends without using too much of your own vacation days in 2020. For example: If there is a Federal Holiday coming up on a Monday, you take time off on Friday prior and the Tuesday after. Et violá – you got yourself 5 Days off, by just using 2 vacation days. The same principle applies when there is a Federal Holiday on Wednesday or Thursday. Just take the Days off right before and after.

This might make much more sense if you add your individual state holidays and maybe company holidays to your calendar. You can create an even bigger span of time off, without actually using up all of your vacation days.

The following calendar shows the Federal Holidays (yellow) and the best possibilities to take vacation days in 2020 (green).

Vacation Days off 2020 US

Disclaimer: Not all companies allow their staff to take vacation days right before a federal or state holiday. Keep in touch with your HR or Legal Team and ask about your possibilities and permissions before booking your flight to the Bahamas. 



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